Many individuals live by the phrase that age is only a mindset. Iris Apfel is a 94 year old fashion icon who will still strut down a runway as effortlessly as a twenty-something. 80 year old Morgan Freeman is known for his distinguished looks that still land him leading roles in Oscar nominated films.
How did these older individuals maintain their youthful spirit despite societies stigma surround aging? Self-care. Iris once quoted, “I don’t see anything so wrong with a wrinkle. It’s kind of a badge of courage.”
This mentality of loving yourself despite what others may deem as a flaw is the secret to defying aging. However, this actualized confidence doesn’t come on its own. In order to conquer aging like a pro, self-care from head to toe is essential.
Where to Begin?
Everything valuable starts within the mind. You can have flawless skin without sight of a wrinkle, but, if you have an unhealthy mind, vanity is worthless. In fact, research has shown that positive thinking may increase your life span. The reason being is that positive thinking decreases stress and depression.
Did you know that stress in large amounts has an impact on your immune system? You may eventually become more susceptible to colds and diseases. This alone is a great reason to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones!
How is positive thinking a form of self-care? Think about it- you experience over a million thoughts within a single day. If all of them revolve around negative self-talk, sooner than later you are going to start believing it! Positive self-talk in conjunction with self-affirmations are the number one step to self-care. Remind yourself daily how valuable you are. It may even help to write down what you appreciate about yourself in order to really drive the point home.
As we move down the body, the next stop is the stomach. Self-care involves more than just telling yourself you’re beautiful. You next have to take action! This involves taking care of your body. The foods you eat can have a great impact on how you age. Studies have shown that excessive alcohol usage has led to early signs of aging.
Consuming fast and processed foods on a regular basis has also caused undue health problems for individuals along with obesity. If you truly want to engage in a self-care routine, practice mindfulness with what you’re eating. Strive to make good choices daily that will benefit you in the long run.
Don’t forget to add in weekly exercises to keep your body fit and healthy. Yoko Ono, 85-year-old artist, once stated, “I realized that if my thoughts immediately affect my body, I should be careful about what I think. Now if I get angry, I ask myself why I feel that way. If I can find the source of my anger, I can turn that negative energy into something positive.”
Finally, to the fun part- physical self-care. Many attribute expensive spas and grooming appointments as the sole means to self-care. While those experiences are quite relaxing, you can mimic those right in the comfort of your own home.
Take the time each week to decompress with a face mask. These can be made with ingredients right in your cabinet. Research the best homemade recipes that can benefit your skin type. Take care of your nails and toes with files and scrubs.
You don’t have to adorn yourself with the most expensive garb to look good. Dressing in a neat manner that fits your body type will help you to feel good about yourself. You don’t have to spend hours getting ready either. However, taking a few extra minutes to ensure that you look neat and presentable will do wonders for your confidence. There is no mystery behind feeling youthful. We all possess the keys to attaining this eternal youth through our actions. By ensuring that positive self-care is at the top of our list, our age will truly be nothing but a number.